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Deputy Minister of Commerce discussed with the Director General of WIPO on the importance of intellectual property in helping to drive Thailand’s economy through innovations.

On 28 January 2019, Deputy Minister of Commerce, Ms. Chutima Bunyapraphasara was joined by Director General of the Department of Intellectual Property, Mr. Thosapone Dansuputra, and Permanent Representative of Thailand to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Ms. Sunanta Kangvalkulkij, in presenting Director General of WIPO, Dr. Francis Gurry with the Kingdom of Thailand’s Instrument of Accession to the Marrakesh Treaty. On this occasion, the Deputy Minister of Commerce discussed with the Director General of WIPO on the importance of intellectual property in helping to drive Thailand’s economy through innovations, as well as the prospect of using artificial intelligence (AI) to improve Thailand’s intellectual property system. The Deputy Minister of Commerce also expressed gratitude towards the Director General of WIPO for supporting Thailand’s accession to the Marrakesh Treaty. The Deputy Minister of Commerce explained that the number of visually impaired persons in Thailand is around 204,000 which is approximately 10 percent of the population of people with disabilities. The number is expected to grow as a large portion of the Thai population ages. The Marrakesh Treaty will help to promote equality and access to information for visually impaired persons. Under the treaty, authorized organizations will be able to reproduce and redistribute accessible versions of copyrighted works from Thailand and other member states of the treaty for visually impaired persons without breaching intellectual property law. 

 

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